The Black Dog Newsletter May 7-13 “We Need Your Help Edition!”

Everyday I hear, “Wow, a video store!” It makes me feel both happy that I’m still doing this and anxious as I think I may be a fool for keeping this outfit running. Life in the world of video stores, as one might presume, is not easy. As much as we all love being part of the last remaining shop in town, we are also wary of the precarious nature of this business. It’s stressful, maddening, angst-ridden yet still awesome. Please continue reading.

Jot down the 26th of May! Jot it! 11am-3pm at the Cambie shop we will be hosting an amazing pop-up sale event. Thousands of wonderful titles will be up for grabs with prices starting at $5! Lots of cult, anime, horror, box sets, collector’s items and much more!

New Releases!


Arctic – Mads Mikkelson goes on vacation by himself in the middle of the Arctic (or his plane crashes, not too sure) and must survive the harsh climate. I’ll watch almost anything that Mads does. Love that guy!


Birds of Passage – Excellent film from Columbia about an indigenous family that gets caught up in the marijuana trade boom.


Everybody Knows – Penelope Cruz returns to her home-town in Spain for her sister’s wedding. But secrets are revealed, feelings are smashed, things, I presume, happen. Also with Javier Bardem.


Hole in the Ground – A mysterious sinkhole in the woods, a missing son and some scary shenanigans abound in this cool-looking horror number.


I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu – (Self) Billed as the most anticipated sequel of all-time, here’s more (2 and ½ hours more!) of your favourite revenge fantasy film.


Lego Movie 2 – More fun Lego hi-jinks!


My Scientology Movie – Funny guy Louis Theroux made a film about creepy Scientology. Might be the best horror film out this week!


The Prodigy – Another spooky kid (what kids aren’t spooky? Am I right?!) horror film to make you wonder why you ever had offspring.


Unforgotten Season 3 – Season 3 of this fine cold case detective series from across the pond.

Coming Soon!

Apollo 11
Big Brother
Call the Midwife Season 8
Charm City
Cold Pursuit
Fighting with my Family
Happy Death Day 2
Isn’t it Romantic?
How to Train Your Dragon 3
Never Grow Old
Triple Threat
WWE: Andre the Giant

Recommendations (for films) can be found here.

That’s it for this week, folks. Thanks for reading (especially my important little essay) and hope to see y’all sooner than later.

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We Need Your Help!

Everyday I hear, “Wow a video store!” It makes me feel both happy that I’m still doing this and anxious as I think I may be a fool for keeping this outfit running. Life in the world of video stores, as one might presume, is not easy. As much as we all love being part of the last remaining shop in town, we are also wary of the precarious nature of this business. It’s stressful, maddening, angst-ridden yet still awesome.

But as much as we love bringing you the best in what the world have to offer in cinema and TV, it is increasingly becoming more difficult to do so. As you know, there’s a plethora of choices from where to get your media. And these choices are increasing – for better or for worse. It seems that with more platforms offering this and that the actual content seems to be shrinking. Look at Netflix – they only have around 3,000 movies to offer (most are straight-to-video crap). We have almost 17,000 titles (many of which you can’t find anywhere online). But in the matter of convenience vs quality, convenience always seems to win. Why leave the house to get a copy of the latest Oscar winner when you can watch any number of Adam Sandler movies in your robe? But when you think about it, would you rather give your hard-earned dollars to a billionaire who doesn’t pay taxes or support your local shop that employs folks from the neighborhood and is a part of your vibrant community?

Business is tough. Places come and go. It’s part of life. We understand that. And right now, business is tough for us. The future seems cloudy. But you can help! Keep your streaming sites (don’t illegally download!) but also keep us in mind if you want something good. Even if you just pop in once or twice a month, it would go a long way to keeping us open. Buy a 10-movie punch card that will save you over $10 in rentals! Grab a T-shirt (more are on the way!) or buy some films from us (we’re having a big sale at the Cambie shop on the 26th of May) or donate your unwanted DVDS. Anything and everything helps.

We’ve been in your community for a long time – going on 24 years at Cambie and 14 at Commercial – and want to stay here. Even if it’s just for a little while longer. But we can’t do it without you. I hope to see your smiling faces in the shops soon.


Darren and the Black Dog Staff

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The Black Dog Newsletter April 29-May 6 “It’s a Date Edition!”


Mark your calendars, write it on your forearm, shave the date into your dog as May 26th will be the date forever known as The Big DVD Sale Strikes Back! Drop into the Cambie store starting at 11am and running until 3pm (you can still rent after noon but it might be a little more challenging than normal) and feast upon thousands of awesome DVDS and Blu Rays that we’ve recently acquired! Lots of great titles – cult, horror, weird, not-so weird, classics, contemporary, plus tons more – to be had. Prices will be reasonably priced of course as we want these lovely items to find a good home. And as usual, you pay in cash, we pay the tax! More details to follow…

New Releases!


Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Pretty good, beautifully shot short-story effort from the Coen Brothers. Not all the episodes work but, hey, it’s the Coens! Are you not going to watch this?


Dragged Across Concrete – Mad Mel Gibson and Very Vince Vaughn are two corrupt cops who delve into the underworld to get what they want. From the fella that made the excellent Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99. Can’t wait!


Mega Time Squad – Dude steals a magical bracelet that allows him to go back a few minutes in time but doing so creates more versions of the himself. So they form a gang called Mega Time Squad (just like the title!). Sounds like this could be fun!


Mirai – Nice, Oscar-nominated animated fare about a kid who encounters a magical garden that allows him to travel through time and hang out with his relatives. I dunno, if I had time travel abilities, I’m going to dinosaur times! Or Mad Max times! Or both!


Project Blue Book Season 1 – X-Filesy sounding show about a guy (Littlefinger from GoT) who investigates UFO encounters. Encounters of the 3rd (and maybe even sexy) kind!


Serenity – Strange sounding film has Mat McConaughy as a fishing boat captain who has weird, twisty and mysterious things happen to him. Or something. I don’t know.


Tickled – “A descent into Hell” is how one of my employees describes this odd, disturbing doc about online tickling competitions. But it’s much more than that he assures you.


What They Had – Nice-looking cast – Hillary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forester – in this nice-looking movie about family matters and such.

Coming Soon!

Everybody Knows
Lego Movie 2
Unforgotten Season 3
The Prodigy
What Men Want
My Scientology Movie
Hole in the Ground

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay tuned for more news about the big sale and any upcoming podcast episodes. Movie recommendations can be found here!

Black Dog Video
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The Black Dog Newsletter April 23-29 “Something Awesome This Way Comes Edition!”


Remember those cool flash sales we’ve done in the past? The ones with a multitude of amazing DVDs we acquired and made available to you wonderful collectors? Well, it looks like we may be doing again that in the very near future! Stay tuned…

New Releases!


El Angel – Fun, cool flick from Argentina finds a cute, anglelic-faced kid who does lots of crimes and things.


Berlin, I Love You – Latest in the “Insert City Name I Love You” series. This one is in Berlin! I’m looking forward Springfield, I Love You or Medicine Hat, I Love You.


Charmer – Intense Danish nourish piece about an Iranian fellow, with a shady past, who desperately needs to find a woman that can secure his stay in Denmark.


Destroyer – Cool tough police detective thriller that has Nicole Kidman doing cool tough police detective work.


Free Solo – Hair-raising, pulse-pounding, potato-boiling documentary that follows a crazy nutter of a dude as he attempts to free climb (no ropes!) something called El Capitan, which, I assume, is a big rock.


Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki – Doc about the great Miyazaki and all those wonderful Studio Ghibli creations he created.


Touch Me Not – Award-winning film about intimacy and sexuality and other good things.


Unknown Soldier – Excellent WWII film from Finland about some nasty battles they had with their Soviets oppressors at the outbreak of the war.


Vikings Season 5 Part 2 – Part 2 of Season 5 of those rascally Vikings.

Coming Soon!

Dragged Across Concrete
Mega Time Squad
Project Blue Book Season 1
What They Had
Ballad of Buster Scruggs

We should have a new episode of our podcast, Black Dog After Dark, up and ready soon. I believe that Dylan is just putting the finishing touches on it. Right, Dylan?

That’s it for this week folks. If you need some recommendations on what to watch, click here!

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The Black Dog Newsletter April 16-22 “Sale into Our Contest Edition!’


For the upcoming long weekend (Easter or something) we’re going to have a small secret sale at both Black Dog locations. It’s not a big special event sale like we’ve had in the past but just a little something something we cooked up for you guys. Check the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on Friday for details.

Also we have a little contest a brewing! We have several Blu-Ray/DVD combos of the new Glass film by M. Night Shyamalan to give away. But first you must spend the night on a haunted house! Either that or answer this skill-testing question: What is this movie about? Wrong answers only. Best answers win!

New Releases!


The Bouncer – JCVD is back and ready to dole out some Van Damage as an old-man nightclub bouncer struggling to raise his 8 year-old daughter.


Escape at Dannemora – Excellent tough TV show about a prison guard who helps the two cons she’s sleeping with escape!


Escape Room – It’s escape week here at Black Dog Video! Six strangers find themselves trapped in a deadly escape room. I did an escape room in Romania a few years ago. We didn’t make it out but it was fun nonetheless. Perhaps if I spoke Romanian?


Glass – The final installment of M. Night Shymalan’s trilogy nobody knew he was making finds Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson from Unbreakable trying to track down James McAvoy from Split. Glass!


The Kid Who Would be King – Finally a new film from the guy who made the excellent Attack the Block all those years ago! Some sort of Excaliburian quest is at hand for a bunch of kids. Heard it’s pretty good!


Tito and the Birds – Lovely animated fare from Brazil about a kid and his dad who try to find a cure for some illness one contracts when scared or something like that.

Coming Soon!

Free Solo
Vikings S5 pt2
The Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
Berlin, I Love You
The Charmer
El Angel
Touch Me Not
Unknown Soldier
The World Before Your Feet

Oh, City TV did a little spot on us the other day. And I don’t sound like an idiot (always a fear/chance)!

That’s it for this edition, kids! Have a swell week and hope to see you in the stores soon!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter April 9-15 “Dropping like Flies Edition!”


So we’re just a few months into 2019 and we’ve already seen a number of cinema folks pass on (die); Agnes Varda, Larry Cohen, Stanley Donen, Albert Finney, Seymour Cassell, Luke Perry, Katherine Helmond, Peter Tork, Bob Einstein and others we may not know of yet. Drop in and rent some films and TV shows to celebrate their lives. Or something.

New Releases!


The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot – Might just be the best title ever for a movie. Sam Elliot, fresh off a secret assassination of the dreaded Hitler, is recruited to take down Bigfoot for some reason. I like how they equate the two. Looking forward to this one!


Next of Kin – Spooky spooktacular spookarama haunted house number from Australia was actually made in 1982 but is just now making it’s fabulous debut on the home videos. Heard very good things!


Outlander Season 4 – Season 4 of Outlander.


Thunder Road – Much ballyhooed (won a bunch of awards or something) flick about a cop facing a personal meltdown after a divorce and the death of his mum. Funny, dramatic, sadness. All of the above.


La Verite (Criterion) – Excellent flick from Henri-Georges Couzot (Wages of Fear, Army of Shadows) starring Bridget Bardot (it’s from 1960) about a woman accused of murder. A murder most foul.

Coming Soon!

The Bouncer
Escape at Dannemora
Escape Room
Kid Who Would be King
Tito and the Birds
Free Solo

That’s it for this week, kids. Stay tuned for some info on an upcoming sale special for the next holiday weekend! Til next week…

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter April 2-8 “So, You Like Movies? Edition!”

Had a guy come into the store the other day and, as he’s perusing our cool films we have for sale, he says to me, “So you like movies?” I just stared blankly at him and told him to get out. Just kidding. But speaking of things for sale, we just added a huge pile of awesome titles over at Commercial (Cambie has lots as well)! Drop in to scoop up some neat box sets and films for very good prices!

Oh! There’s a brand new hilarious episode of our podcast ready for your ears. April Fool’s Day special!

New Releases!


Bumblebee – Another Transformers entry into this dreadful talking machines from outer space series. But…I hear that this one is actually quite good. Michael Bay was not involved. Can someone please stop letting that guy make movies.


Dog’s Way Home – Who’s a good boy?! Oh yes you are, you’re a good boy! Hoosyboosey!


Holmes and Watson – Will Farrell and John C. Reilly muck about as the famous detectives in this terrible “comedy”. Sorry.


On the Basis of Sex – Bio-pic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG!) that looks at her early life fighting for women’s rights and getting on the supreme court and other fun stuff. Bader is a weird name.


My Brilliant Friend – Excellent HBO series about an elderly woman recounting her times growing up in post war Naples with her friend. Her brilliant friend.


Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase – Teen detective hijinks.


Ray Donovan Season 6 – Season 6 of tough guy series, Ray Donovan.


Vice – Christian Bale magically transforms into human lizard toad, Dick Cheney, in this entertaining political comedy romp.


Welcome to Marwen – Based on the vastly superior documentary, Marwencol, Steve Carell plays a guy who gets beat up, spends some time in a coma and then turns into a weird artist.

Coming Soon!

Free Solo
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot
Next of Kin
The Bouncer
Escape at Dannemora
Kid Who Would be King
Escape Room
Outlander Season 4
Vikings Season 5

The rains are a coming so might be time to hunker down with some fine film selections! Need some help? Check out here and here.

Till next week, my lovelies.

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The Black Dog Newsletter “I’m Melting Edition!”


Wow. Seems spring has sprung with the intention of melting our faces off! It’s too warm too soon, in my opinion, (end of days I tells ya!) but it is good for sitting on the patio!

There won’t be a newsletter next week as I’m taking a bit of a much-needed vacation. Yap at ya in two weeks.

New Releases!


Aquaman – Jason Momoa play a fish-man named Art who can talk to the fishes and make them do his bidding. Has practical applications I suppose. (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


If Beale St Could Talk – Heavy drama from the fella that made Moonlight about a family struggling to survive after the husband is set up by a racist cop. Lousy coppers.


King of Thieves – Michael Caine and Michael Gambon star, with others, in this true tale of some old coots who pull off one last heist. (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


Mary Poppins Returns – How can you miss me if I won’t go away? Emily Blunt is the new singing magic nanny.


MFKZ – Cool-looking French animated number about a guy living in Dark Meat City (Yum!) who starts to see monsters prowling around the neighborhood. (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – Everyone loves this wonderful new Spider-man animated movie. And you will too! (Winner best animated film)


Stan and Ollie – Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly play Laurel and Hardy as they try to recapture their mad magic on a farewell tour of post-war Britain. I was a huge fan as a kid so I hope that this is good! (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


The Quake – Oslo, Norway gets punished by a big earthquake. First it was The Wave and now The Quake, what’s next, The Bees? The Trees? The Sneeze?

Coming Soon!

Free Solo
The House that Jack Built
The Mule
My Brilliant Friend
Unknown Soldier
My Scientology Movie
Le Verite

Don’t forget to check out our podcast – Black Dog After Dark! We aim to put a smile on your face!

That’s it for this week, folks! Enjoy the sunshine, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and remember, keep watching!

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The Black Dog Newsletter March 12-16 “Blobtacular Edition!”


We just released a fresh bloberrific episode of our podcast, Black Dog After Dark, on Podbean. Dylan, Alex, Nick and I sit around, enjoy a few fresh beers and chat about the 1988 creature feature, The Blob! Tune in to hear our blobbiest thoughts and see if it holds up or not!

New Releases!

(We have too many new films on the shelves this week to list and describe them all! I’ll pick out a few notable titles and just list the rest at the end. Capish?)


Border – Strange, well-received Swedish film about a border security guard that can actually smell fear, among other things. Blu Ray only.


Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Oscar nominated film stars Melissa McCarthy as a writer named Lee Israel who turns to deception when she feels she is no longer relevant. I hear ya, lady.


Clovehitch Killer – Serial killer movie with a strange title (my wife says, “That’s a made up word!” I says, “All words are made up!”). Stars Dylan McDermott. Count me in for this one.


Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald – More beasts of a fantastic nature.


Green Book – A bouncer gets a gig as a driver for a African-American jazz fella as he tours the American south in the 1960’s. Won an Oscar or something for best movie. Looks like this year’s Driving Miss Daisy! I’m looking forward to the sequel, Soylent Green Book, where they drive around eating racist hicks.


The Mortal Engines – In the future where cities roam around on wheels devouring each other, two folks meet in London to try to stop some sort of conspiracy. Sounds cool, right? Written by Peter Jackson and his friends.


Piercing – A crazy creep, with an unsuspecting family, sets off to work but actually his plan is to murder a prostitute. Sometimes when I go to work I’d rather be doing something else – go to the bar, take kid’s lunch money, beekeeping. Maybe this guys should think about other things?


Sicilian Ghost Story – A grim fantasy horror number about a 12 year-old girl who sets off into the creepy woods in search of a missing boy.


Vox Lux – From unknown singer to pop sensation star to scandal riddled has-been to come-back artist tale. Stars Natalie Portman and Jude Law.

Other titles waiting for you to take them home!

Documentary Now! Season 1 and 2
The Final Wish
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Tea with the Dames
London Fields
The Facebook Dilemma

If you need some nice ripe suggestions on what to watch, click here!

That’s it for this week folks, keep us in your thoughts and dreams.

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Black Dog Newsletter March 5-11 “Silver Anniversary Plate Edition!”


Holy Hotdogs! I realized that today is the 23rd anniversary of Black Dog Video. You may have heard of it. March 5th, 1996 was the date we first opened our doors to an eager public. I still remember it like it was 23 years ago. So much has changed; we all got older, some of us had kids, some of us passed away, some moved onto to bigger and brighter things. It’s been an amazing ride (I should write a memoir documenting our history) and I feel so lucky to still be able to be doing what I love. And thanks to all of you who have come through our doors and supported us through the good times and the bad. My heart is swollen (I should probably get that checked out) with love, gratitude and bacon. Hear’s to 23 more!

New Releases


Ben is Back – A drug addicted teenager expectantly shows up at his family’s house for Christmas dinner. Ruh-Roh! I imagine that drama and, hopefully, warm-hearted guffaws, ensue. Stars Julia Roberts (remember her?).


Burning – Excellent, award-winning intense drama from South Korea that’s been described as a slow-burning (hah!) mystery about class, economics, sexual jealousy and cats.


Creed II – You wanted some more Creed in your life, you got some more Creed in your life! This time Creed, mentored once again by Sly Stallone, is up against the son of Dolph Lungren, who, if you remember Rocky III, killed Apollo Creed by punching him in the head a number of times.


The Favourite – Wonderfully excellent costume drama/comedy from weirdo filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) that netted Olivia Coleman an Oscar prize. Top of my list of films to see!


House of Cards: Final Season – With Kevin Spacey finally killed off (did he die in the shower or something?), Claire takes over the reigns as Prez of the US of A in the final season of this show that might have gone on for one season too many.


Instant Family – Marky Mark and Rose Byrne find themselves overwhelmed when they take in three foster kids. Hilarious, wacky comedy hijinks, I presume, ensue.


The Vanishing – Cool-looking mystery about three lighthouse keepers who disappear after finding a chest full of gold. Gerry Butler and Peter Mullan are two of the three keepers of the lighthouse.

Coming Soon!

(should all be on the shelves by the end of the week or sooner)

Green Book
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindewald
London Fields
Mortal Engines
Clovehitch Killer
Documentary Now Seasons 1 and 2
Final Wish
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Sicilian Ghost Story
Tea with the Dames
Vox Lux

That’s it for this week my lovelies. Once again, thanks so much for all the support and I hope to see you all very soon! Viva le Black Dog!

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